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Summer detox for your brain – 4 steps to productivity

It’s September! Yay! I truly love fall. I love drinking massive amounts of tea, wearing big knitted sweaters and walking in the golden woods. This year fall feels extra special since I get to experience it in a new magical mountain setting. 

The leaves have already started to turn yellow here and the temperature has dropped to 50 degrees so most days when I wake up there’s fog stretching over the mountains.

September also means that summer is over and after living in quarantine for the last 6 months and in a vacation mode for the last 2-3 months those good routines I got into in early January are completely gone. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Henrik is working from home and that we can stay in bed and drink coffee until 8.59 am every morning before he “heads off to work”. I’m also so lucky that I, other than having a harder time getting clients to my small business, haven’t been affected by COVID. We have so many people in our tiny mountain village that lost their jobs due to ski resorts having to close early and the travel ban. 

Time to get productive

While living in a vacation-forever type of mode some days may seem like the best thing ever, I also find myself getting stressed out that I’m not moving forward or getting on top of any of my goals, which I so specifically planned and set out for myself in the beginning of the year. Some days it feels like I’m almost letting myself down spending a day procrastinating away the time and WHOOPS – there goes another week again. 

So! I decided I needed a serious summer detox! My type of summer detox does not include a well executed meal plan full of green smoothies or 100 squats per day, although you can totally add that if you like, but rather of a heavy dose of brain dumping and planning!

Why should you do a Summer detox?

  • If you, like me, find it’s super hard to get things done in this quarantine/post summer time.
  • If you find yourself procrastinating more than usual, diving deep into a Youtube hole or re-watching Friends again, although you’ve already seen all seasons 5 times, I’m with you!
  • If you’re feeling stressed out and unsure with what or where to start your day.
  • If you’re feeling like you have no clear focus or purpose with your day to day.
  • If your brain is feeling overloaded and slightly burnt out.

What materials do I need for a Summer detox?

Use the type of medium that works for you, personally I love writing to-do’s in Google Sheets or Notion, but feel free to use pen and paper, your prettiest notebook, or whatever planning tool you like to use.

How long will it take?

I would suggest setting aside at least 2-3 hours to do your summer detox. One hour for your brain dump and clustering and 1-2 hours for planning.

Let’s start!

Summer detox Part 1 – Brain dump

A brain dump is basically you “dumping” all your thoughts, ideas, to-do’s, must-do’s, activities and appointments into one single pile of words. I suggest you limit yourself to a specific timeframe, only focusing on the month of September’s to-do’s or this upcoming week.

Let’s get to it. 

Write down anything and everything you can think of that you need or want to do! If you don’t get everything down all at once that’s totally fine, this will become your master list of to-do’s that you can return to as much as you need to.

Here’s a list to help you spark those…dumps!?

  • Work
  • School
  • Call
  • Meeting
  • Appointment
  • Email
  • Project
  • House things
  • Buy
  • Things to clean
  • Things to mend
  • Friends/Families birthday
  • Activities 
  • Workouts
  • Books/blogs to read
  • Book/podcasts to listen to
  • Meals to try
  • Self care

Pew! Now that you got all that out of your brain doesn’t your mind feel at least 80% less cluttered, I know mine does! 

Summer detox Part 2 – Cluster cluster cluster

I know, clustering – a word that I’m so tired of after being at yet another post-it-workshop that ends up with you leaving with a bunch of stray post its you’ll never look at again, but in this case it’s for the sake of your brain not overloading so get to it!

I like to cluster to do’s into general lists that I then can divide into more specific ones if I feel the need to.

Cluster list suggestions:

  • Work
  • School
  • Call
  • Meeting
  • Appointment
  • Email
  • Project
  • House things
  • Buy
  • Things to clean
  • Things to mend/repair
  • Friends/Families birthday
  • Activities 
  • Workouts
  • Books/blogs to read
  • Book/podcasts to listen to
  • Meals to try
  • Declutter
  • Self care

Awesome work!

Now you have a solid master list for all your to-do’s!

Summer detox Part 3 – Prioritize, plan and estimate time

If you’re a planning freak like me you can dive deeper into this list and: 

  • Prioritize – Prioritize your list with what’s most important to the least important to you.
  • Plan or add to schedule – I like to visualize what plans I have. For work and personal things I like using Google Calendar or Notion and for home things we have a big monthly calendar that we use to remind ourselves what needs to get done.
  • Estimate time – If you’re feeling extra productive I suggest you estimate the amount of time you think each task will take, by doing this you’ll be able to plan your test into your schedule or time frame more efficiently.

Summer detox Part 4 – Action

You now have a solid plan of what you need to do and by when. Now all you need to do is do your best and stick to your list, now this is the really hard part but I know you can do it! And once you have ticked off those first to-do’s I promise you’ll feel so good about yourself that you’re gonna want to make that call to the plumber just to get that box ticked! You go Glenn Coco!

Remember:

  • Be realistic – don’t over do it. Start with one or two things, don’t go all in and add 20 things to your list that you know you won’t accomplish, you’ll just end up getting bummed out and it will get harder to get started again.
  • Ticking boxes are fun – I love the idea of ticking a box, so whenever I’m done with a task I like to tick it off my list, Notion’s to do lists are great for this.
  • Hard things first – You’ve probably heard about “eating the frog” which means get the hard, boring or tedious things done right away. This way you’ll have smaller, more fun things to look forward to the rest of your day.
  • Have fun – Remember to have fun! Add in at least one thing in your day that you’ll look forward to, it can be doing a fun YouTube workout, lose yourself on Pinterest for an hour or spend an afternoon digging in the garden (my favorite thing to do).

I hope you are feeling way more organized and that your brain is feeling less cluttered and to-do detoxed. Next week we’ll talk about doing a weekly reset, something I’ve just recently gotten into.

Jennifer

Log Cabin Lady - Summer Detox your brain
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Hi, I'm Jennifer!
Hi, I'm Jennifer!

I live in a log cabin in the tiny mountain village of Åre in northern Sweden. I dream of living a creative and sustainable cabin life, doing lots of DIY, gardening and thinking of fun ideas for how to live my best mountain life.

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